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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/13/2008

East Coast Heat Wave Death Toll Over 30

As we cautioned before our most recent heat wave started -- heat kills, particularly early in the summer season.

The Associated Press is reporting the heat wave that spanned last Saturday through Tuesday killed more than 30 people on the East Coast, 15 of those in Philadelphia. Seven heat-related deaths were reported in Virginia (Richmond Times Dispatch) and two in Maryland (Washington Post).

Of the two deaths in Maryland, one was a 79-year-old man in Anne Arundel County and the other a 65-year-old man in Prince George's County. According to the Annapolis Capital, the Anne Arundel County man was found inside his house with no air conditioning or fans running with the doors and windows closed. The air temperature inside the house was in the 90s.

Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman, sagely told the Annapolis Capital, "[T]his death highlights the absolute importance of staying cool, staying hydrated and checking in on your neighbors."

By  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/13/2008

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